The Ideal Vacation for Long Lasting Benefits
We all love a good vacation. Many of us spend months looking forward to when we can unwind, relax and set our workplace responsibilities aside for just a little while. We revel in the happiness and freedom our time off brings. The new environment and experiences give us the chance to expand our minds and our hearts and we return to work radiating that post-vacation after glow. But relatively soon after that, the glow begins to fade. Day by day it becomes dimmer until we return back to where we began prior to our holiday. This is the cycle we go through, year after year.
What if we could break this cycle? What if there was a way to optimize our time off and integrate that after glow into our daily lives? Questions like these inspired the recent study of “Vacation (after-) effects on employee health and well-being, and the role of vacation activities, experiences and sleep” conducted out of Finland’s University of Tampere. This study found that while the length of the vacation itself appeared to have little impact on how long the ‘after glow’ lasted, the experiences that the vacationer had appeared to have a major impact. According to the research paper published in the ‘Journal of Happiness Studies’, “vacation experiences, especially pleasure, relaxation, savoring and control, seem to be especially important for the strength and persistence of vacation (after-) effects”. These four key components allow you to extend and integrate the feelings of post vacation bliss and all four are a part of the Vikasa Yoga lifestyle!
At Vikasa, pleasure is of the utmost importance and starts as soon as you arrive. The beautiful island of Koh Samui boasts gorgeous nature and the location of Vikasa Yoga retreat is no exception. Each day you will be greeted by beautiful plant life, crystal blue ocean views and a variety of colorful birds and butterflies. Your accommodation keeps with the theme. Here, there aren’t the distractions of television and other “hotel” features but instead a space of calm and comfort. Each room has been created with the intention of creating balance and allowing you to feel at home. Our friendly staff want you to have a pleasant time and are ready to help you create the experience YOU want to have! From the first interaction with our front desk to our experienced and compassionate yoga teachers, each of us works hard to create a pleasant environment and experience for you!
Vikasa Yoga Retreat provides a number of services to ensure you can relax in any way you wish! We offer guided morning meditations to help you center and start the day with a clear mind. Our yoga classes offer a variety of styles so you can choose what works best for your practice. Feeling the need for some pampering? Head over to our Bliss Spa where we offer a variety of different options including facials, massage, reiki, sound therapy and much more!
Savoring the moment comes in a variety of ways from sights and sounds to taste. Vikasa Life Café has a great selection of vegan food options. We combine healthy ingredients with delicious flavors to provide an experience that will satisfy any craving. Feel the need for a deeper cleanse? Our Vitox program will help you detox and revitalize your system so you can savor the feeling of a healthy body and clear mind!
We believe in giving you control over your time here at Vikasa. Our Yoga Vacations give you unlimited yoga classes so you can decide what fits with your schedule and practice! If you’re in the mood for even more, you also get access to the gym where you can do cardio or weight lifting. Most importantly, all practice levels are welcome, allowing you to decide how far into your practice you’d like to go!
To love yourself is to create a vacation that rejuvenates your mind, body and soul so that the ‘after glow’ lasts long past your holiday and becomes a part of your daily life. Our Signature Yoga Vacations are the perfect way to give yourself the love of such an experience!
Brooke Kathleen - Also known as the Unicorn Yogi, Brooke began practicing yoga in 2009. She moved to New York City for work in 2013 and her practice faded out due to the inconsistent hours. In 2017 she re-discovered her practice during a very intense and difficult series of events. After devoting herself to practice for another year she realized that she wanted to learn how to share the tools that yoga had given her to heal and grow with others. She found Vikasa online while researching and fell in love with the curriculum and location. The rest is history! New York, USA